I took on the walkway between the garage and the fence in the courtyard. When I turned to the stairs, our young neighbors’ little dog stuck out his nose through the doggy door, barking.
That gave me a startle and I continued walking holding my purse towards the dog.
“Good boy, Pax,” I heard and the young woman came out to see me.
“I’m sorry,” she said with a big smile, “Pax is a good puppy, but still needs some training. I’m Jacky, by the way” and stretched her hand to meet mine.
“Don’t worry, Jacky. I hope I will be Pax’s friend. I’m Sophie, Adam’s mother.”
Her face brightened even more and nodded her head. “Adam mentioned something about you coming for a visit.”
“For a visit …” These words inside my head sounded funny. I wasn’t there for a visit, I was there to stay after the commotion with my husband, soon to be my ex.
The woman picked up Pax in her arms. “It’s so good for a boy to have his mother around, isn’t it, Pax?”
“Yes, it’s a two way road.” I sounded so tired.
“I let you go then. Very nice to meet you, Sophie.” She turned to get back in the house.
“I’m sorry, may I ask you something?” I continued.
I lowered my voice. “Do you know who lives next door?”
Jacky raised her eyebrows. “Next door?”
“Yes, ” and I made a motion with my chin to the house by the stairs. “There.”
The woman waved her hand. “Oh, nobody. The house is empty.”